Management

Apple Hires Sony's 'Breaking Bad' Team as TV Push Gains Momentum

Apple Hires Sony's 'Breaking Bad' Team as TV Push Gains Momentum

18 Jun 2017 comment

Apple hired two former Sony television executives who oversaw the development of acclaimed shows like “Breaking Bad” and “The Crown,” further evidence that the technology giant is getting serious about producing its own video programming, according to Bloomberg.

Gartner: AI Could Turn Some Skilled Practices Into Utilities

Gartner: AI Could Turn Some Skilled Practices Into Utilities

10 May 2017 comment

CIOs have a major role to play in preparing businesses for the impact that artificial intelligence (AI) will have on business strategy and human employment, according to Gartner. They predicts that by 2022, smart machines and robots may replace highly trained professionals in tasks within medicine, law and IT.

5% of Large Companies Prepared for the New Digital Business

5% of Large Companies Prepared for the New Digital Business

18 Apr 2017 comment

Dell EMC announced the results of a new study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). The study revealed that a majority of senior IT leaders and decision-making managers of large companies surveyed around the world indicate their organizations have yet to fully embrace the aspects of IT Transformation needed to remain competitive.

Google Denies Pay Disparity Allegations

Google Denies Pay Disparity Allegations

16 Apr 2017 comment

Google denied Department of Labor allegations that an in-progress investigation suggests “systemic compensation disparities against women” at the internet giant, according to Bloomberg.

Toshiba Said to Put Chip Sale Process Temporarily on Hold

Toshiba Said to Put Chip Sale Process Temporarily on Hold

16 Apr 2017 comment

Toshiba temporarily canceled all meetings and decisions related to the sale of its memory chip business to address concerns raised by an industry partner Western Digital, according to Bloomberg citing people familiar with the matter.

Ericsson Sees Up to $1.7 Billion in Costs as Revamp Begins

Ericsson Sees Up to $1.7 Billion in Costs as Revamp Begins

29 Mar 2017 comment

Ericsson will book as much as 15 billion kronor ($1.7 billion) in extra costs in the first quarter as new CEO Borje Ekholm cuts back the wireless network maker after four straight quarters of declining revenue, according to Bloomberg.

Traditional Companies Embrace Digitalisation With MWCapital

Traditional Companies Embrace Digitalisation With MWCapital

10 Mar 2017 comment

Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCapital) have gathered more than 130 companies from traditional industry sectors through its GoingDigital programme between 27 February and 1 March within the framework of GSMA Mobile World Congress and 4YFN.

Healthcare CEOs Concerned About Cyber Threats

Healthcare CEOs Concerned About Cyber Threats

7 Mar 2017 comment

Most healthcare CEOs believe it’s harder for businesses to gain and keep trust in the digital world, citing cyber threats as a growing concern and breaches in data security and ethics as the number one risk to stakeholders’ trust.

Tata Communications Launched Digital Transformation Roadmap

Tata Communications Launched Digital Transformation Roadmap

3 Mar 2017 comment

Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited (TCTSL) has launched the digital transformation roadmap at Mobile World Congress. The idea behind that report is to enable Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to derisk their transformation journey.

Architect of Amazon Prime Video Tapped as New CEO of BAMTech

Architect of Amazon Prime Video Tapped as New CEO of BAMTech

26 Feb 2017 comment

Michael Paull, a digital media executive from Amazon, has been hired to lead BAMTech, the $3 billion video-streaming company on which Walt Disney has bet its digital future, according to Bloomberg.

U.K. Startups Eye Move to the Continent

U.K. Startups Eye Move to the Continent

20 Feb 2017 comment

British technology startups are beginning to stress out over Brexit, according to Bloomberg. Initially confident their industry wouldn’t be harmed by Britain’s break from the European Union, U.K. tech entrepreneurs are now girding for a bevy of challenges.

Apple Hires Amazon’s Fire TV Head to Run Apple TV Business

Apple Hires Amazon’s Fire TV Head to Run Apple TV Business

12 Feb 2017 comment

Apple has hired Timothy Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon’s Fire TV unit, as a vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing and shifted the executive who previously held the job to a spot negotiating media content deals, according to Bloomberg. The move suggests a renewed focus on the Apple TV and on providing more content for the device, an effort that has been stalled in the past by failed negotiations.

U.K. Companies Lack Board-Level Digital Defenses

U.K. Companies Lack Board-Level Digital Defenses

8 Feb 2017 comment

Only 5 percent of large U.K. companies say their boards include directors with expertise in information technology or cyber security, even though the vast majority identify hacking and other digital threats as serious risks, a report showed.

Alphabet Gets Matsuoka Back as Nest CTO

Alphabet Gets Matsuoka Back as Nest CTO

5 Feb 2017 comment

Alphabet re-hired Yoky Matsuoka to oversee technology at its Nest Labs smart home unit, snapping up the robotics and artificial intelligence expert after she recently left Apple, according to Bloomberg.  As Chief Technology Officer, Matsuoka will work closely with Nest's engineering and product teams to define a long-term technology roadmap.

Microsoft Leads Pushback Against Trump Immigration Order

Microsoft Leads Pushback Against Trump Immigration Order

4 Feb 2017 comment

Microsoft is asking U.S. officials to grant exceptions for law-abiding, visa-holding workers and students from President Donald Trump’s immigration order, channeling the outrage expressed by many in the technology industry with a proposed solution, according to Bloomberg.

Siemens Taps New Boss

Siemens Taps New Boss

2 Feb 2017 comment

Siemens introduced Jim Hagemann Snabe, a 51-year-old veteran of software house SAP, as its next chairman, scheduled to take effect next January, according to Bloomberg. The move makes sense as Siemens seeks to adapt its 19th-century industrial heritage to the 21st century, says William Mackie, an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux who rates the company a buy.

Canadian CEOs Urge Trudeau to Take Rejected U.S. Tech Workers

Canadian CEOs Urge Trudeau to Take Rejected U.S. Tech Workers

31 Jan 2017 comment

Canada’s technology community is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to snap up industry workers caught in U.S. President Donald Trump’s sweeping border crackdown, saying embracing diversity drives innovation and the economy, according to Bloomberg.

Sheryl Sandberg Unveils Startup Garage in Paris

Sheryl Sandberg Unveils Startup Garage in Paris

22 Jan 2017 comment

Facebook will open a startup incubator at Paris’s soon-to-debut entrepreneur campus created by billionaire Xavier Niel, as COO Sheryl Sandberg vows to keep investing in France, according to Bloomberg.

Amazon to Create 100,000 New Jobs in U.S. in Next 18 Months

Amazon to Create 100,000 New Jobs in U.S. in Next 18 Months

14 Jan 2017 comment

Amazon revealed plans to hire more than 100,000 people in the U.S. in the next 18 months, grabbing the spotlight as President-elect Donald Trump pushes companies to employ more Americans, according to Bloomberg. The move could appease Trump, who tangled with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos during the election campaign.

The Rise of the Chief Data Officer Signals an Age of Infinite Possibilities

The Rise of the Chief Data Officer Signals an Age of Infinite Possibilities

12 Jan 2017 comment

At the end of last year, Gartner estimated that 25 percent of large global organizations had already hired a chief data officer (CDO). By 2019, Gartner expects that number to reach 90 percent. "This rapid shift is the tip of the iceberg," said Ted Friedman, research vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, and summit chair for the Gartner Data & Analytics Summits.

Vimeo Enters Crowded TV Fray

Vimeo Enters Crowded TV Fray

8 Jan 2017 comment

The video-sharing site Vimeo, which predates YouTube, will join the crowded online-TV market, according to Bloomberg. Vimeo will soon introduce an on-demand video service akin to Netflix and Hulu, and is lining up TV shows and staff it hopes will convince people to cough up a monthly fee for yet another TV subscription. “We’re going to spend real money on programming for the first time ever, and put real marketing money behind it," IAC Chief Executive Officer Joey Levin said in an interview at CES in Las Vegas.

Apple Said to Seek Lower Taxes to Start Manufacturing in India

Apple Said to Seek Lower Taxes to Start Manufacturing in India

31 Dec 2016 comment

Apple wants India to offer tax concessions on iPhones that the company plans to manufacture in the country, according to Bloomberg. The company wrote to the industry ministry last month seeking lower import and manufacturing duties, a person with knowledge of the matter said, asking not to be identified. The concessions should continue even after the government rolls out its goods and services tax which is expected to subsume all existing tariffs, the person said.

Data Breaches Seen Unlikely to Derail Verizon Deal With Yahoo

Data Breaches Seen Unlikely to Derail Verizon Deal With Yahoo

29 Dec 2016 comment

The second major hack of Yahoo user accounts is unlikely to derail Verizon Communications Inc.’s $4.83 billion acquisition of the tech giant, with investors and the public becoming inured to near-daily disclosures of cyberattacks, according to Bloomberg.

Ericsson Weighs 1,000 Job Cuts After Italy Contract Loss

Ericsson Weighs 1,000 Job Cuts After Italy Contract Loss

21 Dec 2016 comment

Ericsson is considering cutting about 1,000 jobs in Italy, about a quarter of its local workforce, after losing out on a contract to manage the country’s largest wireless network, according to Bloomberg. The Swedish company wasn’t selected to merge and run the network of CK Hutchison and VimpelCom, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private.

RTB House Strengthens Position in Spain, Portugal, and Benelux

RTB House Strengthens Position in Spain, Portugal, and Benelux

15 Dec 2016 comment

RTB House, a tech company specializing in sophisticated retargeting scenarios and operating worldwide, has appointed two new Country Managers in Western Europe. The move is expected to strengthen its position in Spain, Portugal and Benelux as a leading retargeting service provider. As Country Managers, Monica Ibarbia will coordinate operations in Spain and Portugal, while Cyril Westerhof manages activities in Benelux.

Alphabet Shifts Self-Driving Cars Into New Unit Called Waymo

Alphabet Shifts Self-Driving Cars Into New Unit Called Waymo

14 Dec 2016 comment

Alphabet is separating its self-driving car project into a new business called Waymo, seeking to sharpen its focus on changing the transportation industry, according to Bloomberg. John Krafcik, chief executive officer of Waymo, announced the move at an event in San Francisco. The company has been developing autonomous vehicle technology for more than six years, as part of its X research lab. Waymo is emerging from this research phase as a standalone business owned by Alphabet.

Boris Drilo new CTIO of Hrvatski Telekom

Boris Drilo new CTIO of Hrvatski Telekom

14 Dec 2016 comment

New Member of the Management Board and Chief Technical and Information Officer (CTIO) of Hrvatski Telekom, the biggest Croatian telecom operator, is Boris Drilo and he received this position for a three-year period commencing as of 1 January 2017. He was appointed by the Supervisory Board of Hrvatski Telekom.

Samsung Chief Lee May Dismantle Group Central Office

Samsung Chief Lee May Dismantle Group Central Office

6 Dec 2016 comment

Samsung Group’s de-facto leader Jay Y. Lee said he’s willing to dismantle the central office that coordinates the South Korean conglomerate’s various businesses, according to Bloomberg. “If the public and lawmakers have negative perceptions toward it, I will eliminate it," Lee said during a parliamentary hearing of the nation’s tycoons.

Next Starbucks CEO Brings Tech Savvy

Next Starbucks CEO Brings Tech Savvy

4 Dec 2016 comment

After turning Starbucks into the world’s largest coffee chain, Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz will hand the reins to a lieutenant who could solidify its role as a technology company, according to Bloomberg.

Samsung Electronics Is Heading for a Split

Samsung Electronics Is Heading for a Split

30 Nov 2016 comment

Samsung didn’t quite come out and actually say it, but South Korea’s most valuable company is probably going to split as soon as next year, according to Bloomberg. Samsung said it’s looking at a plan to turn itself into a holding company, and would have more to say on the issue at a later date.